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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Mar 17, 2007 5:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Keith

Donna went up to Jerry at a JGB show and introduced Keith to him and said that "this is your new keyboard player"--or something to that effect. Keith was a very shy person who never said much in public and who had his share of personal problems. His rise in the Dead's configuration was very quick--just listen to Fall 1971 to see how fast he fit in--then listen to Europe '72 to see how much he had progressed as full fledged voice. By 1973, his style and musical approach significantly helped push the band from rockers to the jazzier sound of that time. I think he is more responsible than anyone for the vast change in the Dark Stars from, say 1970-early 1971 to the monsters of 1973-4. Of course, some of these longer jams are more "cerebral" than the balls to the floor psychedelic versions. Looser, more exploratory, sometimes achieving amazing heights, entering new spaces, sometimes floundering or spending a lot of time searching for the sound.

Listen to the Dark Star from Cleveland, December 1973 (apparantly removed from the archive no thanks to SDH's nefarious chicanery). Seek it out. It is the second longest D.S., and reaaaaaaaaaaaly goes where no band has ever gone before.

Personally, I did not like these flinging the fish nets to see what we might catch Stars as much as the psychedellic rumblings of yore, but there is a different beauty in there. Kinda like when Miles went electric.

And by the way, you are all fools if you do not IMMEDIATELY go get Mile's Jack Johnson and listen to John McLaughlin bang away on "Right Off." Masterful, very accesible, rock/jazz/fusion.

Oh--Keith. Never could feel secure. Took up drugs and booze as his hobby. Got tossed by the band (mutual decision). Died soon after when someone wrecked the car he was in.

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Poster: Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer Date: Mar 17, 2007 6:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Keith

Nice post and really sums it up. Including the 12/6/73 Dark Star.

Only thing I can add about Keith is that he did not have to compete with 2 drummers and thus Billy was able to swing and shift on a dime. What a great drummer!

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Poster: Sugaree83 Date: Mar 17, 2007 8:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: ghost

have you listened to the entire Cleveland show? worth a download?

the 43 min DS does indeed explore.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Mar 17, 2007 8:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: ghost

Listened to it? I was at the muthah--yes, the whole show smokes.

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Poster: Supaslush Date: Mar 17, 2007 6:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Keith

I'll second that Jack Johnson recommendation. He really gives John room to rock.

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Poster: ghostofpig Date: Mar 17, 2007 8:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Keith

Perhaps the best Miles solo on record. Too bad the box set of the complete sessions is such a letdown. Two of the Right Off takes are the same as the ones used on the final mix.

Still--

btw. I think the J.J. lp lists Jack Dejonette as the drummer; it is actually Billy Cobham, who was in Mahavishnu Orchestra--and later played with Bobby and the Midnites!